Two teenagers have been arrested after a gang of youths threw fireworks at police, firefighters and motorists in Ellesmere Port .
While many families across the market town enjoyed dazzling firework displays and huddled around bonfires, officers say they dealt with a 'significant' level of antisocial behaviour this Bonfire Night.
Groups of youths threw fireworks and other objects towards police and fire crews during an incident outside Tesco Express on Thelwall Road at around 7pm yesterday (November 5).
The force helicopter circled overhead as police attempted to stop the incident, removing youngsters from the area who were acting in an 'antisocial' manner.
It is thought that at least 17 youths were involving in the commotion. No one is believed to have been hurt.
Firefighters, waiting to put out an unattended bonfire made out of shopping trollies, wood and cardboard on Wilmslow Drive, had to stay in their fire engine for safety reasons as police removed the youths from the area.
During this time youths threw fireworks towards them.
A 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy where arrested at the scene and are currently being investigated in relation to public order act offences, police have confirmed.
Police have slated those involved saying that their actions were 'highly dangerous' and could have injured members of the public, after youths threw fireworks at passing cars.
Emergency services were called to Sutton Way, as the rockets were fired at cars at around 9.40pm.
Firefighters at the scene said that the fireworks had been aimed at the vehicles like 'missiles'.
At least one of the cars was damaged, but no one was hurt, they said.
Police taking part in Operation Treacle - which involved high visibility patrols in hotspot areas by the force in conjunction with Cheshire West and Chester Council wardens - were already in the area and placed a dispersal order in order to remove the troublemakers.
Officers were forced to take 'robust' action, say police.
Inspector Darryl Jones, of Ellesmere Port Twenty Four Seven Team, said: “Overall the operation has been a success.
"Whilst the vast majority of people in the area were well behaved, unfortunately there were a few people who seemed determined to cause problems for the community.
"Any anti-social behaviour is a concern to us, but some of these incidents are particularly worrying as fireworks were thrown at police officers, fire crews and passing cars. This is a highly dangerous act, people are putting their own safety and the safety of those around them at risk. If you are involved in this behaviour you risk injury to yourself, your friends and members of the public. You also risk being arrested and charged with a serious offence.
“To parents I would ask, do you know where your children are at this time of year and have they left the house with fireworks? We have to deal with the effects of this behaviour on the night but if your child is arrested or injured you will be left dealing with the long term issues.”
Arson Reduction Manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Colin Heyes, said: “Ellesmere Port is considered one of our busier areas however last night was certainly not as busy as it has been in the past and that is a testament to all the hard work that firefighters, police and the local authority do in the lead up to the bonfire period.
"In particular the local authority does a fantastic job in helping reduce the number of incidents we have to respond to with its Streetscene scheme. In the lead up to bonfire night Streetscene is out and about removing unauthorised bonfires, abandoned wheelie bins, fly tipping, and basically anything that could be used as a bonfire. There were some anti-social incidents during the night however they were certainly in the minority, and I am pleased that most people were out enjoying organised displays safely.”